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Afrofunk Festival returns for a third year with extra funk to benefit Kids in Darfur.
Bay Area musicians come together to raise awareness and Funds for Kids in Darfur.
[SAN FRANCISCO, CA, JUNE 1, 2007] - Returning for a third year after two consecutive sold-out concerts, The Afrofunk Music Festival--San Francisco's Afrobeat music extravaganza--announces ths year's line-up. This year the festival will be a month long event across four cites: San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara. Proceeds will benefit Save the Children Fund's Sudan Crisis Relief Fund.
"The crisis in Darfur is heartbreaking to watch and I feel it's our responsibility as a global community to take action and not stand by and watch it at a distance via TV," said Sila Mutungi, the festival organizer and producer. "The Afrofunk Festival gives us an extraordinary opportunity to raise awareness and save lives. Expanding the festival to other cities via touring was a natural choice.
This year's Afrofunk Festival features artists representing a wide diversity of cultures, and traditions: Anyone drawn to gritty, hard-hitting, James Brown funk will want to hear Sila and the Afrofunk Experience. Other party-goers will find themselves dancing to the Juju music, voodoo ritual chants and rhythms of Baba Ken and Afro-groove Connexion . Fela Kuti fanatics should not miss the dance infused jams of Afrobeat Down, Dj Jeremiah and the Afrobeat Nation and Dj Emmanuel Nado. (Artist descriptions attached.)
SILA AND THE AFROFUNK EXPERIENCE
Sila epitomizes what people love about this century's music: Energy, honesty, generosity, ecstasy, and a full-tilt dedication to digging the groove until the last call. Sila's music titillates the senses and people everywhere have developed a healthy appetite for his funky fusion of African rhythm, American funk, Soukous, Afrobeat, and Reggae. Inspired by his Kenyan roots and his love for all genres of music, his sound is unique, yet instantly recognizable. His lyrics and beats reflect the music, the language, the energy, and the spirit of growing up in Africa.
Sila is accompanied by a renowned cast of band mates who include Wendell Rand (bass), Ken House (Guitar), Bennie Murray (Drums), David James (Guitar), Mike Pitre (Trumpet), Andre Webb (Trombone), David Boyce (Saxophone), Ricky Carter (percussion) and Karamba (Djembe).
BABA KEN AND AFRO-GROOVE CONNEXION
Baba Ken Okulolo has been voted best bassist five successive times in his native country by the Nigerian Journalist's Association. He first toured the United States with King Sunny Ade and subsequently moved to the Bay Area in 1986. Since then, he has been the driving force behind no fewer than four bands, the newest of which, the Afro-Groove ConneXion (also featuring Soji Odukogbe, former lead guitarist for the late Fela Kuti), fuses blissful Afrobeat grooves with jazzy jamming.
Having started as a Fela Kuti tribute in 2002, ABD has evolved into a full-blown 11 piece band, which can fluctuate up to 17 members for live shows. Simultaneously a collective and a band, ABD push community over all else and are avid supporters of all afrobeat bands, such as Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Continuing in the tradition of Fela Kuti, LA-based band Afrobeat Down is spreading the afrobeat vibe of social awareness and funky living.
DJ JEREMIAH AND THE AFROBEAT NATION